Australia vs Syria
Asia – World Cup Qualification Play-off – Second Leg
Date: Tuesday, 9th October 2017
Kick-off at 10:00 UK/ 11:00 CET
Venue: ANZ Stadium (Sydney).
A exciting finale is set for Australia in the second leg of the World Cup play-off when they host Syria on Tuesday.
A late penalty goal from Omar Al Soma cancelled out the first half goal from Robbie Kruse to earn Syria a 1-1 draw in the first leg clash at the Hang Jebat Stadium last Thursday.
The Socceroos produced one of their best performance in the qualifying phase and have every right to consider themselves unlucky to have drawn the match. They did force the opposition goalkeeper Ibrahim Almeh to make some crucial saves and hit the post twice in the second half.
Meantime, one must praise the fighting spirit of this Syrian team as they have clawed back from losing position to draw the game for a second consecutive time. The first was a late equalizer at the death in the 2-2 draw against Iran which helped them qualify for the play-off. And now they had given them a real chance with another late goal.
Australia vs Syria: Head-to-head
The first leg clash at Hang Jebat Stadium last Thursday is the only previous meeting between Australia and Syria.
Australia vs Syria: Prediction
Unlike the previous fixtures, Australia showed tremendous improvement in their 1-1 draw against Syria. A major positive comes from the collective effort of midfield and attacking front in creating chances. However, the team remains vulnerable in stopping the opposition from creating chances at the other end, which could cost them dearly in crucial matches.
Yet, one must not underestimate the Syrians as they are well disciplined in the defense. Also, there is no price you can put on their never die attitude. Therefore, this is expected to be another close clash and the Syrians are most likely to deny the Socceroos a victory.
Correct Score Prediction: Australia 1-1 Syria for 9.50 odds at 888Sport.
Australia vs Syria: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score has to be the primary pick for this fixture, priced at 2.32 odds at 888sport.
Brave Punters can back Syria +1 Asian Handicap for 2.75 odds with 888Sport.